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First POST: Fallout from SOPA, ACTA, and Megaupload

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 30 2012

Photo: Elsie Esq.

In today's First POST:

  • As a Mitt Romney campaign ad has NBC News executives up in arms, an FCC proposal would ask local television stations to post online disclosures about the political ads they're airing;
  • Voters overseas may have a greater influence in this year's elections thanks to technology;
  • How the Megaupload case has spawned a lawsuit against the FBI abroad, according to reports.
All this and more in today's First POST, your daily round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Post-Megaupload, Unrest Over ACTA, and a Call for Something Better

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

The Megaupload case lends further urgency to what many agree is a much-needed, global overhaul of how we understand intellectual property in the Internet age. The chief disagreement here is over who should get the most preferential treatment — old-guard companies seeking control of distribution methods on the Internet as a means of protecting their property, consumers, or new-age content creators who need the ability to remix, reuse and share in order to build the information economy. But there's another issue at stake that Megaupload has brought to the fore: the United States' position as a champion of Hollywood's intellectual property rights around the globe, and the asymmetry of that relationship with respect to other countries' own expectations around content. Read More

In Germany, SOPA, PIPA and Megaupload Spark Debate in Merkel's Party

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 26 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party is split internally over a recent statement in support of controversial American anti-piracy legislation — and the fight is playing out on Twitter. Two officials in Merkel's conservative CDU Party recently released a statement with a title that translates from the German as "The American SOPA-legislation points in the right direction." Then, several members of the same party took to Twitter to voice their disagreement with the statement. The statement references the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation stalled in the U.S. House, and related legislation in the Senate, called the Protect IP Act and further shortened to PIPA in favor of an even longer and more unwieldy name. Those bills were put on hold last week after widespread protest spurred by a nationwide coalition of online businesses. Read More

Megaupload: Will Anti-Piracy Efforts Have a "Chilling Effect" on Innovation?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

ThePirateBay Dancing is one example of an innovation in "circumvention technology," or, for some, in piracy.

With the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, denied bail in a New Zealand court, it's a tough time to be in the file-sharing business. Read More